Trip starting: From Hanoi to Siem Reap or vice versa on request
Accommodation: 4-star hotel / 5-star hotel
Departure: Daily departure at clients’ date
This 16 day-trip offer you the most highlights and experiences of its peoples, culture in both countries. Staring from the dynamic HCMC in the South of Vietnam, you also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – a famous place in the Vietnam-American war-time followed by an excursion to the Mekong Delta to experience a water-world. The Road of Heritages in the Centre Vietnam offer you its UNESCO World Heritages including Hue Citadel, Hoi An Ancient town, My Son Cham Ruins while in the North Vietnam you can not miss the one-thousand-year old Hanoi capital city before enjoying an marvelous stay overnight on a traditional junk in the Halong Bay, the worldwide famous World Natural Heritage.
Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city | Meal: D | Overnight: HCMC
Warm welcome upon your arrival in HCMC. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. After check in you will have free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at the river cruises on the Saigon river.
Day 2: HCMC Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: HCMC
You have a whole day to explore the HCMC and its Surroundings. Please select two of the below options ( one choice if you select “Full-day Cao Dai Holysee temple & Cu Chi tunnels” ) to spend your day in the most dynamic city in Vietnam.
Free Choice Sightseeings – HCMC | Maximum 4 places 7. Reunification Palace 8. Municipal Theatre – City Post Office – Notre-Dame Cathedral 9. War Remnants Museum 10. Vinh Nghiem pagoda 11. Hoang De pagoda 12. Ben Thanh market
1. Half-day Cu Chi tunnels Around 70 kilometers northwest of HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnel is right near the so-called “Iron Triangle” of Southern Vietnam. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.
2. Half-day China town & Thien Hau pagoda The western part of the city is dominated by Cholon (Chinatown), a thickly settled district rife with teahouses and pagodas and the famous Binh Tay Market. Visit the Thien Hau pagoda which features interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture and interiors with pagodas, courtyards, altars and paintings. Chinatown is also home to the Cholon Mosque and Cha Tam, a small Catholic cathedral.
3. Full-day Cao Dai Holysee temple & Cu Chi tunnels In the morning you drive to visit Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh and observe the midday service. This temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. On the way back you stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to HCMC. Rest of the day is your free time.
Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences 1. “ Banh mi” “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 2. “ Hu tieu Saigon “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/ 1. “ Banh canh ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 3. “ Banh xeo ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Com tam” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
Free Choice Dining : 1. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant 2. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant 3. South Vietnamese buffet at local restaurant
Today you have am excursion to the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people.
Day 4: Fly to Hue | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Hue
Enjoy your free time until transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Located in central Vietnam, the World Cultural Heritage Site Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. Your local guide meets you at the airport for a transfer to hotel. Free. At leisure. Evening meeting with your guide again for a Hue Royal style dinner, taste some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.
Day 5: Hue Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: Hue
Besides Hue citadel and tombs, Hue still has a lot to offer you. Hue Sightseeing Freedom of Choices and Meal options will satisfy you. All you have to do is to select one of the Hue city options and one of the Hue Surroundings to explore Hue by your own way.
Free Choice Sightseeing – Hue city 1. Full-day Hue city tour 2. Half-day Hue city tour & One of Hue Surroundings
Free Choice Sightseeing – Hue city Half-day city tour (Maximum 4 places) | Full-day city tour ( Maximum 7 places) 1. Dragon boat to visit the Thien Mu pagoda 2. King Minh Mang’s tomb 3. King Tu Duc’s tomb 4. King Khai Dinh’s tomb 5. King Gia Long’s tomb 6. Hue Citadel Complex 7. Notre Dame Cathedral 8. Tu Hieu pagoda 9. Dong Ba market – a paradise for snapshots of daily activities.
Hue Free Choice Surroundings 1. Phuoc Tich ancient village Located on the bank of leisurely O Lau River, about 30 kilometers from center of Hue city, Phuoc Tich village, built in 1470, is the symbol of architecture of the central region and famous for traditional pottery. Trip to Phuoc Tich village offers you a view of Centre Vietnam countryside, too.
2. Thanh Toan village This is one of the most beautiful villages in Hue. The village, 8km east of Hue, is famous for its beautiful roads, peaceful rural landscape, particularly the tile-roofed bridge, communal houses, clan worshiping houses, traditional festivals, farming practices and local people’s daily activities. You also can join in the village market and taste some local culinary specialties like Hen rice, fish-pancakes, and a wide variety of rice noodles.
Free Choice Hue Street Food – Authentic experiences 1. “ Bun bo Hue” “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 2. “ Banh khoai “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 3. “ Cơm Hến “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Nem lụi Hue “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
Free Choice Dining 1. Hue vegetarian food at local restaurant 2. Vietnamese set-menu at local restaurant 3. Dinner with Vietnamese traditional songs on the dragon boat.
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Hoi An
Today you leave Hue for Hoi An, another World Heritage site in the Central Vietnam. Hoi An is one of the oldest towns in south-east Asia and characterized by a rich blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European architecture. Formerly known as Faifo, the ancient riverside town of Hoi An was a major trading port from the 16th to the 19th century. Journey to Hoi An is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach. On the way to Hoi An you may like to stop at one of the interesting places:
Free Choice Activities 1. Museum of Cham Sculpture 2. Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village
Day 7: My Son Ruins & Hoi An | Free Choice Dining | Overnight: Hoi An
In the morning you take a trip to discover the World Heritage My Son Ruins, comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the 2nd century. My Son was the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century and a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. Afternoon you have a walking tour to explore the Hoi An Ancient town with old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lantern makers and visit Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop and enjoy traditional arts performance.
Free Choice Dining: 1. Hoi An cuisine set-menu at local restaurant. 2. Dinner on the beach at local restaurant. 3. BBQ fresh seafood on the beach at local restaurant. 4. Relaxing Dinner Cruise on the Hoai river and the Thu Bon river
Day 8: Free Choicce: Hoi An Surroundinds - Street Food | Overnight: Hoi An
Today you have a half-day free to enjoy the beach with sun and sea, trying some water sports or come to the town for shopping of the Vietnamese handicraft souvenirs, especially you can visit and try one of the most famous services of Hoi An, a fast-services tailoring. You can order of silk clothes and receive it a few hours later with the best quality and very reasonable price. Enjoy your half-day to explore Hoi An surroundings with one of the below Free Choice:
1. Tra Que Vegetable village by bicycle Where you can join with gardening activities as preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake, prepare food and join lunch with a local family. It is also good time to relax and learn more about the Vietnamese village.
2. Kim Bong Carpentry village by boat Formed in the 15 th century by Vietnameses from the Northern Vietnam, Kim Bong carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Many carpenters from this village worlked to build Hue Citadel
3. Red Bridge Cooking Class (Joined group) Begins with a with a drink at Hai Scout Café followed by a visit the Hoi An colorful market. It is time to get in touch with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients for your own cooking lesson. Boat trip cruising along the Hoi An river to the cooking school. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden. Learn about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The 2-hour cooking lesson includes a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving. Try some dishes yourselves. Lunch is served included what you have cooked.
Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences 1. “ Rice & Chicken” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 2. “ Banh Xeo Hoi An “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 3. “ Cao Lau Hoi An” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Mi Quang ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
Day 9: Fly to Hanoi | Meal: B-D | Overnight: Hanoi
Again you take a one-hour flight to Hanoi, the one-thousand-year old city and the capital of Vietnam. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. Enjoy a cyclo ( trishaw) riding around Hanoi Old Quarter with last stop at the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theater for a Water Puppet Show – a unique art performance. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10: Hanoi Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: Hanoi
Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.
Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice Sightseeing – Street Food – Dinning offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi Surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi.
Free Choice Sightseeing of Hanoi city & Surroundings
Full-day city tour ( Maximum 7 places) 1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 2. One Pillar Pagoda 3. Quan Thanh Temple 4. Temple of Literature 5. Bach Ma Temple 6. Hanoi Ancient House 7. Tran Quoc pagoda 8. Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple 9. Vietnam Military History Museum 10. Vietnam National Museum of History 11. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 12. Vietnamese Women’s Museum
Half-day city tour ( Maximum 4 places & One of Free Choice Hanoi Surroundings
Free Choice Hanoi Surroundings 1. Bat Trang pottery villages About 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, Bat Trang village, established in 14th or 15th century, is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality such as vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products which have been exported worldwide.
2. Van Phuc silk village: About 8 km southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc silk village is well known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products for a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. The village makes more than 2 million meters of silk per year and is an ideal place for silk products & souvenirs
3. Duong Lam Ancient village. Duong Lam ancient village, some 60km to the west of Hanoi, has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village also has its prestige as two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in here.
4. Dong Ho painting village Dong Ho painting village, 30 km to the East of Hanoi, or Vietnamese woodblock prints is a distinct Vietnamese folk art. Dong Ho paintings reflect people’s innermost feelings. Dong Ho paintings is made of of bark of a tree called “Dzo. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. It is always considered a symbol of traditional culture and aesthetic value of Vietnam.
Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences 1. “ Pho Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 2. “ Banh Cuon “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 3. “ Bun Cha Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Bo kho – Beef Stew ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
Free Choice Dining : 1. “ Cha Ca Hanoi “ in Hanoi Old Quarter area at local restaurant. 2. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant 3. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant 4. Vietnamese cuisine a-la-carte at Ngon restaurant 5. KOTO restaurant. Know One Teach One unique restaurant.
Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay | Meal: B-L-D | Overnight: Traditional Junk
In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Enjoy welcome drink onboard then start cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay while lunch is served. Stop to visit and explore Vung Vieng fishing village by bamboo boat or you can have a kayak around Vung Vieng area. Time to relax, sunbath or swimming at Ban Chan Beach. Back to the junk to enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Do area docking for overnight. BBQ dinner followed by some activities of board games or squid fishing.
Day 12: Fly to Phnom Penh | Meal: Brunch - D | Overnight: Phnom Penh
Early bird with exercises with Tai chi on the sundeck then enjoy a light breakfast while cruising to Hon Co area. Stop to exploring Thien Canh Son Cave, located at the centre of the World Heritage Area- Halong Bay. Return to the boat for check out and relaxing on sundeck or watching fruits carving demonstration or enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over lunch as the boat is cruising back to shore. Rejoin your car for transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Phnom Penh. After short break your guide see you again for dinner at a local restaurant with some Khmer cuisines.
Day 13: Phnom Penh full-day tour | Meal: B-L | Overnight: Phnom Penh
You have the whole day to visit Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia including Royal Palace where His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal families live, Silver Pagoda and the Wat Phnom Temple, built in 1373and one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh. Afternoon you have a drive to visit the historical crimes of the Khmer Rouge including the Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison) and the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek.
Day 14: Fly to Siem Reap | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Sieam Reap
Enjoy your free time until transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap, one of the major tourist hub in Cambodia and the gateway to the world famous temples of Angkor. Warm welcome by your local guide for transfer to hotel. Free time to relax, then you explore the city by Tuk Tuk riding around the suburb of Siem Reap followed by a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety. Tonight you enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance show at the local restaurant.
Day 15: Angkor Temple Sunrise & Complex | Meal : B - L | Overnight: Sieam Reap
Early wake up in the morning to enjoy the sunrise over the Angkor Temple then you discover the Angkor Wat, a temple complex built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. You then continue to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Preah Khan temple. In the afternoon you explore the fabulous Ta Prohm temple which embraced by fig and silk-cotton trees puncture the roofs of Ta Prohm’s towers and enjoy the sunset at the Preah Rup temple to end the day.
Day 16: Departure Siem Reap | Meal: B
In the morning you have a drive to the Phnom Kulen Mountain. Climb up the hill to visit the Srah Damrey, Damreay Krab and Ang Prochiev temple followed by a nice trail of Kulen mountain to reach a special stream with thousands lingas in the water. Short break before transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure .Have a nice journey and thanks for joining us.
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Private sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
Private boat trip as per tour program
Hotel accommodation – Shared in double room
Meals as stated in the program
Water and tissues on coach
All entrance fees
All in-tour flights
24/7 hotline support
Guarantee 100% money back if not satisfied
Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival pre-approved letter.
Tour duration less than 15 days, visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to Vietnam: Kingdom of Great Britain, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Italy Japan, Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Russia.
International flights & tax
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any
Other services not mentioned above
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